Today's media round-up
22nd October 2013
In today's round-up, Chico Flores reflects on his first league goal for the Swans in the win over Sunderland and why it meant so much to him.
And new Kuban Krasnodar manager Viktor Goncharenko looks ahead to Thursday's Europa League fixture against the Swans at the Liberty on Thursday.
Chico says his first Liberty goal beats his famous Anfield strike
Scoring against Liverpool at Anfield takes a lot of topping.
But Swansea City cult hero Chico Flores reckons he managed it when he broke his Liberty Stadium duck against Sunderland on Saturday.
The Spaniard met Jonathan de Guzman's corner 10 minutes from time to put the cherry on an appetising second-half cake for Swansea, Chico's overdue strike making it 4-0 for Michael Laudrup's men.
Some media outlets credited it as a Steven Fletcher own goal, but it seems certain that it will be given to Chico as the header was on target and deflected past Black Cats goalkeeper Keiren Westwood.
And that will be a huge relief for the 26-year-old centre-back whose only previous Swansea goal came in last season's memorable 3-1 Capital One Cup victory at Liverpool.
"It is my first goal at the Liberty so I'm really happy about that," said Chico.
"I scored away at Liverpool in the cup last year, but it was great to get one in front of the Swansea fans.
"I'm very happy with the goal, but it is not the most important thing, taking three points is."
Chico has had to take on extra responsibility at the heart of the Swansea defence in recent weeks with skipper Ashley Williams ruled out by ankle trouble.
The former Genoa and Real Mallorca ace is now the senior central defensive partner as his compatriot Jordi Amat acclimatises to the demands of Premier League football.
But Chico - who might see Williams restored alongside him for West Ham's Premier League visit on Sunday - said: "The most important thing is the team, so it doesn't matter who is playing next to me.
"I have spent time playing with Jordi for the last few games because Ashley has not been very lucky with injuries.
"But we are a group of four, with Garry Monk as well.
"We are doing well as a group and I just want to play for the team. I feel more settled here now as it's my second season.
"But ever since I've arrived I've felt good in Swansea.
"Swansea feels like home because of the way the players and the fans have treated me.
"I feel really good since I've been here."
South Wales Evening Post
Swans target more success against 'Belarusian Sir Alex'
"THERE is no such thing as an impossible task."
They might have been the words of Gus Poyet.
In fact they were spoken by the next manager Michael Laudrup will face, Kuban Krasnodar's Viktor Goncharenko.
Having seen off Sunderland at the weekend, Swansea now turn their attention to stage two of Laudrup's "huge week".
And once again, they will face a side who are struggling for form under the guidance of a new boss.
Goncharenko was appointed during the recent international break following the dismissal of Dorinel Munteanu, who lasted only two-and-a-half months in the job.
Munteanu led Kuban through two Europa League qualifying rounds, first against Motherwell and then, impressively, Feyenoord.
But the Romanian got the boot following group stage defeats to St Gallen and Valencia and a run of only one win in six Russian top-flight matches.
In his place came Goncharenko, a 36-year-old who left BATE Borisov to join Kuban.
His considerable successes with BATE had prompted some to dub Goncharenko as the Belarusian Sir Alex Ferguson.
Given that he is only 36, the comparisons seem a little premature.
But Kuban must hope that Goncharenko continues to flourish in his new job, for they are in need of a boost after their disappointing start to the season.
The new manager's debut came on Sunday, and it did not go exactly according to plan.
Kuban took the lead at Dinamo Moscow, but were eventually beaten 3-1 and had two men sent off.
Goncharenko worked miracles at BATE, where he became the youngest coach in Champions League history, but it is hard to get a result when you only have nine players on the pitch.
Now the new man must attempt to breathe some life into Kuban's first European campaign, which looks a tall order given their miserable form.
Nevertheless, Goncharenko is upbeat.
"If you want to talk about the big tasks that we are working towards, then we want to play attractive football and win," he said this week.
"I think Kuban have good players and we can do what we have set out to do."